Information, Advice and Guidance
Welcome to the Information, Advice and Guidance page. This area of the website provides the information that parents and carers would use to support their children to choose their option subjects. Please note that the options processes and the subjects available may change each academic year.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss your child and the options they have already chosen, please contact us on the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 8 IAG explained
Year 9 IAG explained
What subjects can my child choose from in Year 8?
|Performing Arts – Acting
Performing Acts – Dance
Design and Technology
Hospitality and Catering
|Select your first choice.||Choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice||Rank the subject|
What subjects can my child choose from in Year 9?
|GCSE Religious Studies (full course)|
|GCSE Computer Science|
|Cambridge National in Creative iMedia|
|Cambridge National in Information Technology|
|Cambridge National in Health and Social Care|
|Cambridge National in Sports Studies|
|Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing|
*Students will continue to study History or Geography that was chosen this year, if they would like to study both this is now and option.
Students must choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.
Why can my child not pick subjects such as Health and Social Care, Business or Sport in Year 8?
Students in Year 8 are given the opportunity to personalise elements of the curriculum. Students will be given the opportunity to select another option subject at the end of Year 9 to study in Years 10 and 11. These subjects are likely to form some of those options available for students to select.
Why can my child not pick subjects such as Art, Performing Arts and Music in Year 9?
When students were in Year 8 they had the opportunity to personalise elements of their curriculum. This included selecting an Option A subject which included Art, Performing Arts and Music. In order to ensure that students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, a wide range of different options are available to study in Years 10 and 11.
Can my child choose Art, for example, as their Option A and then choose Art on the carousel?
If a student chooses Art, for example, as their Option A, they will not study this as part of the carousel. We want to ensure that students have a broad and as varied a curriculum offer as possible.
What is the purpose of the carousel?
The carousel is a part of the Trinity Academy Halifax curriculum that we are proud of. It enables all Year 9 students to choose two creative subjects, in addition to their Option A, to study and enjoy. The focus of each carousel subject is develop the skills and knowledge learned in Years 7 and 8, but also promote enjoyment and engagement.
What is Personal Development?
All students will complete one term, as part of the carousel, of Personal Development in Year 9. Personal Development is a 12-week programme in which students will develop a holistic view of health and wellbeing, complete activities to support Trinity Challenge and work towards Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
What will my child be studying in their core subjects, such as English and Maths?
Please visit the Curriculum Subjects page on the academy website which provides an overview of the content.
Will my child work towards a qualification in PE?
Students will not work towards a qualification in Core PE lessons. Core PE is part of the curriculum in all year groups. Students will have one lesson per week of PE in Years 9, 10 and 11.
My child is currently in the Year 8 Nurture pathway, will they follow the same options process?
Students in Nurture will be contacted by the SEN team to provide further support to guide them through the options process.
Why is MFL compulsory for them in Year 10 and 11?
It is a government requirement that schools ensure as many students as possible complete the full EBACC which includes English, maths, science, history or geography and MFL.
Studying modern foreign languages provides students with a wealth of opportunities both academically and culturally. Students who study a modern foreign language are more likely to be higher earners in the future. As an academy, we are committed to opening doors for our students. The promotion of an academic curriculum forms part of this vision.
What curriculum will my child follow in Year 10?
Please refer to the Year 9 IAG booklet. This outlines the curriculum your child will follow. This will differ depending on which band they are in. Option A is the subject option students started in Year 9 and they will complete this at the end of Year 10. Option B are subjects students will pick as part of the current options process and will be studied in Years 10 and 11.
If you have a question regarding the IAG process, please contact us and a member of the options team will get back to you.